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Souvanny Miller

I am a creative problem-solver who understands and appreciates how legal decisions and strategies will impact the goals of mission-driven entities. I strive to provide all clients with practical solutions. Quotation mark
Souvanny Miller
Souvanny Miller
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About Souvanny

Souvanny Miller represents public and private clients in both advice and litigation matters. She advises universities, community colleges, public school districts, and education service districts in a wide variety of areas including regulatory compliance, personnel matters, and constitutional law. She has helped various education institutions to develop and implement Title IX sexual harassment policies. Souvanny advises public entities relating to policy and municipal code drafting and revisions, public meetings laws, public records laws, planning and zoning, First Amendment issues, franchises and franchise fees, contract disputes, and personnel matters, including as the former city attorney of a small town.

Souvanny also represents public entities and private clients in arbitrations, administrative proceedings, in Oregon circuit courts, and before the Oregon Court of Appeals. She is responsive and considerate of her client's overarching goals during each stage of the case. Souvanny’s litigation background is broad. She has represented private clients in tort, contract, and business litigation. She has also represented public and private clients in land use matters and regulatory compliance matters as well as in various other administrative law proceedings.

During law school, Souvanny served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael H. Simon at the U.S. District Court of Oregon and as a law clerk for the Trial and Appellate Divisions of the Oregon Department of Justice. After law school, Souvanny served as a law clerk for the Oregon School Boards Association where she assisted staff attorneys in advising school boards and superintendents by conducting legal research, updating model policies consistent with changing laws and regulations, and writing case law summaries.

Representative Experience

  • Higher Education—Regulatory Compliance Plus
    • Assisted multiple universities in preparing Title IX sexual harassment policies.

    • Advised multiple community colleges with respect to federal funding (CARES Act) spending requirements.

    • Reviewed and revised municipal code based on intergovernmental agreement.
    • Provided general counsel advice to city council and staff during and outside of city council meetings as former city attorney for a small town. (Experience prior to joining Miller Nash)

    • Obtained summary judgment and limited judgment including attorney fees in a contract dispute, with the award totaling over $90,000.

    • Obtained favorable written opinion before the Oregon Court of Appeals in Currie v. Douglas Cnty., 308 Or App 235 (2020)

Services

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, cum laude, 2017
    • Certificate in Environmental Law
    • Cornelius Honors Society, 2017
    • Notes and Comments Editor, Environmental Law, 2016-2017
  • B.A., University of Oregon, summa cum laude, environmental studies, 2014
    • Ernest F. Hollings Scholar and NOAA Intern, 2013
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Departmental Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2017

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2021
         

Activities

Professional Plus
  • Jackson County Bar Association, secretary, 2019


Civic Plus
  • Southern Oregon Child and Family Council (Head Start), board member, 2018-2019


Insights from Souvanny

  • “Did the Curve Flatten on Performance Management? Managing Legal Risks in 2021-22,” Oregon School Personnel Association, 2021 Spring Conference  (Apr. 2021)
  • “A Toolbox for Handling Employee Expression in Difficult Times: Politics and Religion in the Workplace,” Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Employment Law Seminar (Dec. 2020)
  • “Reinforcing the Structure: Employee Mental Health and Mental Health Accommodations in Times of Enhanced Societal Pressures,” Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Employment Law Seminar (Dec. 2020)
  • “Student Mental Health Issues During COVID-19,” Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, 40th Annual Oregon School Law Conference (Dec. 2020)
  • “FERPA, Data Privacy, and Remote Learning: Considerations in a Global Pandemic,” Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, 40th Annual Oregon School Law Conference (Dec. 2020)
Collaborations